"How did it come to pass that an opposition's measure of a president's foreign policy was all or nothing, success or "failure"? The answer is that the political absolutism now normal in Washington arrived at the moment--Nov. 7, 2000--that our politics subordinated even a war against terror to seizing the office of the presidency." - Daniel Henninger - WSJ 11/18/05
"the slovenliness of our language makes it easier for us to have foolish thoughts." - George Orwell

Friday, May 18, 2007

Democrat Senate, Iraq, Iran, Russia, the Middle East and Other Stuff

President Bush “predicted that after more than three months of stalemate, a deal was within reach to pay for the war through Sept. 30.” Adding this:

‘“We will work through something we can all live with and enable us to get the job done.”’

One side wants to win the Iraq Theater; the other has already lost: 2+2=3 ok…

Unconscionable mathematics aside, all is not lost. The US can count on Iranian help to get out of the current stalemate in Iraq.

Secretary of Supreme National Security Council Ali “Larry” Larijani, hot off the “peaceful nuke” negotiations it is assumed said:

‘"This method, diplomatic shuttle on the warship, is not helpful. It is somewhat desperate roaring and is far away from logic. Of course, I do not have objection to diplomatic tours, but, they will get nowhere. There is some countries which cherish the dream of establishing great civilization through unilateral action. Iran cannot help in this case.”’

‘"But, if they change their method in a bid to get out of the current stalemate, they can count on Iranian help.”’

Perhaps the Mullahs and Democrats can work on that one; leave it to the Majority “leadership,” they’re real fighters when it comes to a wet paper bag.

Jonah Goldberg, that silly little man is confused and wonders in writing, if not aloud; “why is it obvious that intervening in a civil war is not only wrong, but so self-evidently wrong that merely calling the Iraqi conflict a civil war closes off discussion?

Why indeed…

The EU and Russia meet regarding economic issues and ties, yet not much in the way of results is expected. There is concern from many EU countries:

“about rising energy dependence on Russia, which supplies a quarter of Europe's oil and more than two-fifths of its gas. Those worries increased after Moscow briefly halted gas supplies to Ukraine and Belarus in 2006 and 2007, resulting in supply shortfalls to EU countries.”

Concerns or worries are unfounded as earlier this week, “U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said ‘“there were no grounds for talk of a new Cold War.”’

Certainly not the Cold War we consider when the terminology is used and that the definition of war is evolving; no two snowflakes are alike.

Chairman of the Expediency Council Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani meeting with Moroccan Parliament Speaker Abdelwahed Radhi said on Tuesday regarding Israel:

"The Zionist regime's policy is based on more control and domination over Beit-ul-Moqaddas. Now, the world of Islam is duty-bound to confront such policies."

Rafsanjani spoke of the importance of fostering solidarity among Arab states and Iran in an attempt to empower Iran uh Iranian led Islamic extremism er Islamic extremism eh, the Islamic world.

Spokesman for the Foreign Ministry, Mohammad-Ali Hosseini condemned Israel's latest attacks on Palestinians in Gaza strip as “savage and terrorist”:

‘"Targeting residential areas and slaughtering innocent children, women and men in Palestine as well as demolishing their houses through bombardments indicate the depth of the hostility and hatred of the Zionist regime and its ally, the US which has hidden itself behind the mask of loving peace and democracy, towards Palestinians and people of the region."’

He stressed the need, “for further strengthening of unity among different Palestinian groups to safeguard their national interests and maintain values of their Islamic resistance.”

The assumption made that the continuation or maintenance of Palestinian Islamic resistance is illustrated thusly:

  • 16 rockets landed on Wednesday (5/16) seriously injuring a 70-year-old woman plus 18 others.
  • On Tuesday (5/15), 24 rockets hit Israel and wounded 30 people.
  • 47 rockets have landed in Israel this week.
  • Since Israel withdrew from Gaza in 2005, Palestinian terrorists have fired more than 1,300 rockets into Israel.

Setting aside reality; Keep up the good work kiddies!

Charles Krauthammer believes the 40th anniversary of the Six Day War should be celebrated beginning May 16, 1967…he has a good point.

What would a Friday be without a Friday Sermon from Iran? Aside from the fact that it would probably be better; Tehran's substitute Friday Prayers Leader Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani spoke of the Islamic Republic’s and Iran’s in general, past glories:

‘"We should not allow anyone to destroy our past glories and nobody should dare to take these honors from the nation. We should also defend our far past history"’

Also, let us not forget the “Great Satan:”

‘"If the US lays aside its arrogance aims in Iraq and follows the United Nations regulations concerning occupation, the establishment of security in the country will be possible."’

Lastly, Rafsanjani:

“commemorated "Communication Week" and spoke about its importance in the current world.”

Unfortunately, there appears to be nothing communicating just what “Communication Week,” is in the Islamic Republic News Agency. Go figure…

Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Conference or OIC, “urged Muslim intellectuals to help improve the atmosphere of tolerance and dialogue among Muslim and the Western worlds.

The unfair treatment of Islam has created a lopsided fear or Islamophobia, key points made:

“Increasing discrimination and intolerance against Muslims, particularly in Europe and the North America, is a serious issue.”

“The distortion of Islam and attempts to defame it as an extremist faith would have negative effects on world peace.”

“Confronting the concept of Islamophobia, rectifying the increasing negative discourse of the Western politicians and media and disseminating the true message and tenets of Islam could not be possible only by relying on the efforts of the 57-member OIC. “

‘"Active support of the member states is essential for countering negative propaganda against Islam and Muslims."’

The Secretary-General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon, in a departure from the uneven handedness of his predecessor said recently of the OIC:

‘“I look forward to strengthening these ties even further in the months and years to come.”’

Ki-moon also spoke of:

‘“The OIC, as a leading multilateral institution, is well placed to play a leading role in addressing all these challenges (Islamic States instability…). I would especially like to commend the excellent cooperation between the Untied Nations and the OIC.”’

As a follow up to this “peace in the offing,” an article by Anne Bayefsky at National Review Online regarding the replacement to the UN’s Commission on Human Rights; the new and improved (as oxymoronic as the name UN implies), the “UN Human Rights Council.”

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